Erica Westly, author of the forthcoming book Fastpitch (Touchstone, 2016), is a journalist with experience in both literary and explanatory writing. Her work has appeared in large, national publications, such as Slate, Wired, Self, Esquire, Nature, Scientific American, and The New York Times, as well as small, literary publications, such as The Smart Set. One of her articles for The New York Times was selected for the book 36 Hours Asia & Oceania (Taschen, 2013). She has been an invited speaker at New York University and McGill University, in Montreal, and has been awarded fellowships by the National Association of Science Writers and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Erica spent most of her early life training to be a dancer, first in ballet, then in modern. Her experience playing sports consists of a season each of cross-country and soccer in high school. She watched countless hours of baseball growing up, however, thanks to her father, a fanatic, and has found herself explaining the infield fly rule to men on more than one occasion. She studied biochemistry in college and spent three years in a neuroscience PhD program before switching to journalism.
Visit her website at www.ericawestly.com.